The holiday region Gitschberg-Jochtal The perfect mix for a fun-filled holiday
The beauty of the Eisack valley and the grace of the Puster valley enough for two holidays – unless one opts for a resort where you can enjoy both. Meransen is located where the two valleys meet, and thus opens the way to a variety of exciting tours, excursions or ski days. Our hotel is located in the heart of the holiday region Gitschberg-Jochtal, just below the Gitschberg, on the high plateau of Meransen. If you stand on the balcony of your room or suite for the first time, you have the same wonderful impression of what you can expect during your holiday.
Richly rewarded by the sun
Meransen is known as the sun terrace of the Eisack valley. It almost seems as if nature created our magical place to offer an active holiday area, particularly rich of proposals, where the sun almost always shines. Stride hard with your walking boots or your mountain bike in summer. In the same way in winter you will find excellent winter sports conditions in the holiday region Gitschberg-Jochtal.
A feast for active holidaymakers
The Gitschberg is the symbol of our region. He is immortalized in his name and protrudes above Meransen with its 2,510 meters from the Zillertal Alps as a majestic invitation to spend on him and at his feet dreamlike holidays. In Meransen he is so familiar to us that we call him Gitsch, just like a good old friend. The greatest joy it would be for us, if you close our Gitsch in your heart and discover it during your holiday up to the peak. From it, you can whiz down slopes of all difficulty levels or take a long look at the chain of the Dolomites on the panoramic deck.
Gorgeous hiking in Gitschberg-Altfasstal
Often one reads the combination Gitschberg-Altfasstal – because the Gitsch forms a unit with the valley picturesquely passing him to the north, for the fun of every active holidaymaker. Our Panorama Hotel Huberhof is located just 1 km from the Gitschberg. West and south you have perfect visibility on Eisack valley, Brixen and see the Zillertal and Sarntal Alps in all their glory. Eastward you will have the Puster valley, to the south the impressive panorama of the Dolomites, in front of you the Seiser Alm and the Schlern.
As a hiker or mountain biker you will feel at home in Altfasstal. At 1,800 m, it goes over to Pfunders and Vals to the Seefeld lakes or the Seefeld tip and also to Gaisjochspitze. The Altfasstal for Meransen is like a gateway to the mountains, which leads in many directions. Mountain streams, alpine meadows and rustic lodges like Wieser hut line the way. Take an extensive rest and taste the spicy mountain cheese, which is often still produced here in our own dairy. Perhaps you will see on this occasion also one or the other marmot settled in this beautiful alpine landscape.
Fane Alm The enchanted village in the lap of the mountains
On journey back in time into Valsertal
The Fane Alm is made up of few huts, houses, alpine inns and a small church which have survived the ravages of time over centuries and create an amazing atmosphere. In the plague time people had come here to escape, had settled in the remote, secure valley and survived unscathed the following years. Even at that time no fixed road led to Fane Alm, which was almost isolated from the outside world. Later some settlers stayed up there and settled in the harsh mountain land. You can still perceive live all this paying a visit to this fascinating spots.
Many local attractions
Attractive hiking trails start from this fairytale village and in winter also a gladly used toboggan run. The Wilde Kreuzspitze lures to climb, in summer the milk festival attracts many visitors, while winter sports enthusiasts will appreciate the Wurmmaul circumnavigation – a well-known ski tour race held on site. The Fane Alm is easy to reach: From the hotel you are in a short time in the Valsertal, from there you can either walk into the museum village or by cable car Jochberg – depending on daily form and individual fitness. The Fane Alm can be excellently inserted in a walking program and not least it represents the perfect destination for families with children, who indeed have so much to discover here.
Culture & sights
Gitschberg-Jochtal and the entire Eisacktal are rich in sights. Here you can find some suggestions of fascinating places which are always worth a visit.
The defiant castle is one of the most impressive fortresses in South Tyrol. If you are not only interested in historic buildings and beautiful distant views, you will be rewarded in the pump room with the sight of the famous frescoes of the High Middle-Age Iwein epic of Hartmann von Aue. From the 16th century the castle belonged to the Counts von Wolkenstein, who conferred it the present shape.
Can you call spontaneously the stately Dolomites by name? No? Do not worry – only to see them it is a great feast for the eyes. From the lookouts on the Steinermandl, the Astjoch, the Rodeneck – and of course on the Gitschberg – the whole alpine splendor is in front of you. You can find the name there, incidentally, also neatly listed.
In nearby Spinges there is a holy grave chapel from the 17th century to admire: a replica of the Christ cave grave in Jerusalem, as it is hard to find in Europe today. The Floriani Chapel in Mühlbach from the late Middle Ages and the wayside chapel “Stöcklvater” from the Baroque period in the same place are well worth seeing.
This medieval customs station was at the time a formidable roadblock. Nobody could pass, without paying his tolls or who did not mean well. So at the time of the Peasant Wars in 1526 the insurgents found a tough nut to crack at this bulwark. And also 1809, at the time of the Napoleonic wars, the Mühlbacher Klause played an important role.
In Vintl along the Pustertalerstraße you will directly experience how South Tyrolean Loden materials are manufactured in the traditional way. In the factory outlet of this experience manufacture you can purchase the same beautiful Loden products directly from the source.